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Famed SETI Observatory Wrecked After Cable Breaks

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is currently out of commission after a thick support cable fell onto the dish, creating a large gash. It’s yet another setback for the beloved science facility, which hasn’t fully recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Read More >>

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Dwarf Planet Ceres Has a Secret Saltwater Ocean

Scientists are attributing the mysterious bright spots on Ceres, the largest object in the main asteroid belt, to a gigantic reservoir of salty water beneath the dwarf planet’s crust. Read More >>

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At Night, the Martian Sky Pulses and Glows When Viewed in Ultraviolet Light

New ultraviolet observations of the Red Planet highlight complex circulation patterns in the Martian atmosphere, including eerily regular nightglow pulses invisible to the unaided eye. Read More >>

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Shallow Lightning and Mushy Hail: Violent Storms on Jupiter Are Weirder Than We Thought

Lightning and hailstones exist on Jupiter, but they’re of a very different sort than the ones we’re familiar with on Earth, as new research suggests. Read More >>

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Scientists Spot Space Junk With Lasers in Broad Daylight

Our ability to efficiently detect space debris has taken an important leap forward, thanks to a new technique in which lasers can spot these potentially dangerous objects during daylight hours. Read More >>

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Ancient Mars May Have Been Less Wet Than We Thought

Ice sheets, and not rushing rivers, sculpted many Martian valleys, according to scientists. The new research suggests ancient Mars wasn’t as warm and wet as we thought, but an expert we spoke to remains unconvinced. Read More >>

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SpaceX Starship Prototype Completes Its First ‘Hop’

SpaceX’s plans to build a reusable rocket capable of landing on the Moon and Mars has taken a major leap forward, following the first successful test of the Starship system. Read More >>

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Success!

SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico shortly before 8 pm BST on Sunday, marking the successful completion of both the first astronaut trip to orbit by a private company and NASA’s first water landing in 45 years. You can check out a clip of the historic moment in a tweet by SpaceX below: Read More >>

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US Federal Communications Commission Approves Amazon’s Bid to Launch a Constellation of More Than 3,200 Internet Satellites

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) gave Amazon the go-ahead Thursday for its ambitious Project Kuiper, which would put 3,236 broadband satellites into orbit to beam internet coverage down to Earth. With this regulatory milestone secured, Amazon’s posed to join SpaceX in the race to be the first multi-billionaire-dollar tech giant to gobble up the Space Internet market. Read More >>

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Spacecraft Carrying Perseverance Switches to ‘Safe Mode’ After Glitch, but NASA Says Not to Worry

True to this agonising year that is 2020, yesterday’s launch of NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover was not without problems. Read More >>

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UK Space Industry Prepares for “Early 2020s” Launches

The UK's various proposed spaceports may well be called into business within the next few years, as a fresh consultation has been launched to formulate the rules to cover our forthcoming (vertical, rocket) commercial and (horizontal, aeroplane) tourist launch plans. Read More >>

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Take a Brief Vacation From Reality With These 6 Short Sci-Fi and Horror Films

Dreaming of other planets, other realities, or other timelines? So far, 2020 has us wishing we could be literally anywhere else. Here’s a temporary escape hatch: these awesome new short films, all of which share glimpses of a future where so much more has gone wrong. At least we aren’t there... yet? Read More >>

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This Is the Best Spot on Earth for Stargazing – If You Can Handle It

Good news, everyone! Astronomers have pinpointed the best location on Earth for studying the stars. But if you’re an amateur astronomer hoping to take advantage of this astronomical sweet spot, you’ll have to bundle up, as it’s in the heart of Antarctica, one of the coldest places on the planet. Read More >>

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A Freaky Elongated Cloud Has Reappeared on Mars

Like clockwork, a strange cloud has returned high above the Martian surface. Read More >>

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How NASA’s Tiny New Helicopter Will Make History on Mars

We’re beyond stoked about the upcoming launch of the Perseverance rover to Mars, but NASA’s new explorer won’t be alone on its journey. Tucked beneath its belly is a tiny helicopter named Ingenuity, which will hopefully be the first aircraft to take flight on an alien world. Read More >>